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Grateful Dead Live at Boston Garden on 1973-04-02

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Grateful Dead Live at Boston Garden on 1973-04-02

Topics Live concert

Promised Land, Deal, Mexicali Blues, Brown Eyed Women, Beat It On Down The Line, Row Jimmy, Looks Like Rain, Wave That Flag, Box Of Rain, Big River, China Cat Sunflower-> I Know You Rider, You Ain't Woman Enough, Jack Straw, Don't Ease Me In, Playin' In The Band Ramble On Rose, Me & My Uncle, Mississippi Half Step Uptown Toodeloo, Greatest Story Ever Told, Loose Lucy, El Paso, Stella Blue, Around And Around, Here Comes Sunshine-> Jam-> Space-> Me And Bobby McGee, Weather Report Suite Prelude-> Eyes Of The World-> China Doll, Sugar Magnolia, Casey Jones, Johnny B. Goode, E: We Bid You Good Night

Collection GratefulDead
Band/Artist Grateful Dead
Venue Boston Garden
Location Boston, MA

Source Soundboard
Lineage SBD -> Rm (7.5 ips/2 Track) -> Dat -> Dat. Transfer Info: Dat -> Sonic Solutions -> CD (David Gans' Master Discs) -> EAC (Secure) -> SHN. CD -> SHN


SBD -> Rm (7.5 ips/2 Track) -> Dat -> Dat. Transfer Info: Dat -> Sonic Solutions -> CD (David Gans' Master Discs) -> EAC (Secure) -> SHN. CD -> SHN Conversion Done By Charlie Miller. Purports to avoid the drop outs present on the previous shn set for this source.


Reviewer: Humboldt Howie - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - May 13, 2017
Subject: Great Show
For me this was a perfect show. Tight, well-played, great jams.
Reviewer: feather0926 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - November 17, 2016
Subject: Dave's Picks
Volume 21

This show is well worthy of an official release.
Reviewer: doug_the_dude - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - April 2, 2015
Subject: --
It's not what they played, it's how they played what they played....and such a statement is so adequate here - no DS, no OO, no Truckin',....but there's so much that's so good, it's an easy five.

Set 1 - Promised Land is the sacrificial WOS lamb. This happened so often that it kind of makes me wonder what they thought of putting that tune out there as the one to get butchered every night. But things iron out quickly, and by the time Bobby gets to that pin-drop gorgeous LLR they're on their way. Listen to that crowd feedback after they finish Big River. And China Cat > Rider goes through a magnificent, soaring climax following the "groovy jam" you *know* they're aware of just how important it all is...Playin's another prototype of awesomeness....

Set 2, the electric popcorn set, is so odd, but absolutely interesting. Some big jams in HCS melted down, Eyes, an early go at the WRS prelude, etc. It's a bit unusual but fascinating to let it play out. When Garcia says his usual sheepish goodbye at the end of the encore, this crowd, even after almost 4 hours, is NOT ready for them to leave the stage!
Reviewer: bgately - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - October 15, 2013
Subject: Thank You Mr. Phillips
You review brought this show to my attention under the "recently reviewed" items.
I have to agree with all the positive comments; playing and recording are all of the finestkind.
I don't feel qualified to rate any of these shows as there are so different merits to judge, but this is such a warm, clean and positive performance I think my fellow travelers out there would stone me if I did not post a rating of...
If this entices you to listen I hope you have as agreeable an experience as all who have gone before.
Reviewer: chris phillips - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - October 15, 2013
Subject: amazing east coast HCS tour
3/15 - 4/2 is great Dead, particularly Springfield and Buffalo. Utica, Philly, Baltimore, Rochester and even Nassau are excellent.

Here Comes Sunshine from 3/26, 4/2 AND 11/30 (Boston) are fantastic.
Reviewer: clementinescaboose - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - April 24, 2012
Subject: Very nice spring '73
I don't think on the whole this show is quite as strong as some others from the spring tour, but these versions of both China>Rider and Eyes of the World are likely top 10 performances of the period (73-74). The Here Comes Sunshine, though not a favorite, is well played and quite unique as well.
Reviewer: Mbb666666 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - September 17, 2011
Subject: Unbelievable show-one of the best out there!!!!!
This show is ridiculous. I have been listening to this show on my iPod now for about 3 days straight. The Charlie miller version is incredible. I have a copy and if anyone is interested you can email me at and I will send it out to you. The eyes of the world is one of the best I have ever heard. It is 16 minutes of pure bliss. If you don't have This one you don't know what you are missing. Just email and I'll get a copy out to you.
Reviewer: headless deadhead - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - May 5, 2011
Subject: just a box of rain
alone is enough to get yer hands on this one
Reviewer: sugareesalibi - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - August 1, 2010
Subject: Wide Eyed
This Eyes is, hands down, my personal favorite. Multiple levels of beauty are achieved within those 16 minutes. Listened to this with a good friend last night and he was completely blown away.

I love sharing the Dead!
Reviewer: BIG_R - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - June 26, 2010
Subject: 4-2-73
Excellent!!! Great sound as per usual with a Miller remaster. I was listening to this at a high volume last night outside and my young neighbors asked what it was. By the end of the evening they wanted to know if I make them a copy. The Grateful Dead are as addictive than heroin.
Reviewer: NYLifer - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - April 2, 2010
Subject: WOW
Just listened to this ened to end. 2nd set opens with Phil talking about electric popcorn, has an abandoned Weather Report suite in the middle that melts into a breezy Eyes and ends with Weir thanking everyone for enjoying it and one of 4 And We Bid You Goodnights for the year. Very enjoyable. Thanks Charlie and Archive!
Reviewer: cb18201 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - March 14, 2009
Subject: this show is hotttt
give this a listen, great 73 performance, nice and long, great jams, good energy all around, highly reccomended. excellent quality too. the "Here comes sunshine" alone is reason enough to get this
Reviewer: oh_uh_um_ah - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - December 29, 2008
Subject: The GRATEFUL DEAD "Live" April 2, 1973 at the Boston Garden, Boston MA U.S.A.
5<------------- (Overall rating)

I recommend adding this show to your 1973 GRATEFUL DEAD collection.

Another show from 1973 has recently been added to the IA. February 17, 1973 - St. Paul Auditorium, St. Paul MN. Below is the address:

I highly recommend adding the St. Paul show to your collection too. I think it's a better show.

For PC users the IA recommends RealPlayer for streaming and downloading. Obviously you can download this show, 37 thousand people have.

Produced, and rehearsed the GRATEFUL DEAD perform 34 songs for the Boston audience.

Listen to the difference between this show and the April 71 shows at the Fillmore East and West. Big difference. I like the sound and performances of the April 71 Dead better. But this show ain't bad, it's just not April 71 GRATEFUL DEAD.

With one foot in the past and one foot in the future the GRATEFUL DEAD perform a few R&B hits, a few country hits, and of course their originals, complete with intricately designed jams.

Donna's performance of "You Ain't Woman Enough" written by the great American Singer/song writer Ms. Loretta Lynn was always a crowd pleaser back in 1973. It's one of my favorite Donna songs and I think Donna sings it better than Loretta Lynn. That is saying something, because I love Loretta Lynn, and I am sure Donna does too.

This is a "MUST HAVE" show for fans of 1973 GRATEFUL DEAD performances.

Donna adds a females touch to the two minute song "And We Bid You Goodnight". I enjoyed it.

Get it while you can, get it while it's free, get it now or you'll be sorry.

Eat, Drink, be Merry, and Listen to the GRATEFUL DEAD.

Thanks for the love.
Reviewer: JamminJerome - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - May 15, 2007
Subject: highs and lows...very 73
And because this is a solid 73 show, it gets 5 stars. BUT...that's mostly for the Playin' and Set 2. I love much of the jamming that the boys do in 1973, especially, in this show, the Eyes, Playin', and the SMOKING Here Comes Sunshine. However, we also have to sit through too many standard, unexploratory versions of songs. See most of set one. Very long and kind of boring after a while. The worst of it all is the You Ain't Woman Enough, which is just torture. After that, things start to pick up.

The second set is absolutely amazing and might be one of the best single sets of all time. I would suggest skipping ahead to the Playin' right at the end of set one and going from there. Pure ecstacy!
Reviewer: Herm Dog - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - December 10, 2006
Subject: Excellent Show!
Unfortunatly, I was unable to download this show before the archives went away with all of the downloading. Hopefully one day we'll be able to download whatever we want again.
Oh yeah! The show! This show is probably in my opinion one of the greatest of 73', and probably one of the most underated of all time. How this got missed as a vault release is beyond me. I mean the first show at the Boston Garden, and the H.C. Sunshine is probably one of the best all time! I think the Eyes deserves some credibility as well, due to Jerry being on this night. If anyone has a good quality copy of this show I would be happy to send blank disks.
I hope some day the vault release will happen, but only time will tell. Dave Lemieux, and Jeffrey Norman I hope your listening.
Reviewer: electricjazz - favoritefavoritefavorite - July 19, 2006
Subject: Great sound quality, unique HCS
This is a particularly crisp and well balanced board of a typically well played show from their spring 1973 tour in the northeast.

The Here Comes Sunshine space-out is especially unique, and should be a real treat for those of us who love the Dead's sparce and jazzy improvs circa 1972-74. It's more Dark Star or Space than HCS...

This may be the best sounding tape from the spring tour I've come across, but all things considered, its not the hottest show for the 73 Dead.

For that, my friends, check out the 1973-03-21 Utica show... a rocking HCS, the official best GSET ever, and a BEW that'll knock your socks off.

I believe that March-April 1973 presents some of the jazziest Jerry leads and incredible solos sans effects. Do yourself a favor and look at March 21.

It's tastey!
Reviewer: rollandfin - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - March 27, 2006
Subject: strong 73
I like this show best for it's Runaway HC Sunshine Jam, unique to the Boston Garden, Funny how Bobby McGee tacks on to the back end of various jams, eg the mississipi half step from 12/19 DP1 not included in the CD, explains why the fade occurs and no Rio Grand. I think it was Bobby''s answer to Jerry's Sing Me Back Home following Dark Stars and other jams.

This show clearly is not held in the same light as other tour ends, 6/9/77, 5/26/72, 4/29/71. Perhaps this is only due to a kinship developing with the Summer 73 masters, USCB, Kezar and RFK, each well known, rendering 4/2/73, not the end of the spring 73 tour, but only a beginning of somthing great.

email me at happy to share with some good listeners.
Reviewer: CellarDoor75 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - March 26, 2006
Subject: Boston, My Garden
Oh boy ... this is one helluvah show to go through. There is just about everything you could want from an early 1970's GD show and they band almost leaves the music as some of the best. I had a little bit of problem with one or two of the files, but otherwise this is a very good show. Grab it somewhere if you can!
Reviewer: njones - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - February 5, 2006
Subject: My First Dead Set
My friends decided to take me to up to Boston from Connecticut to experience a Dead Concert for the first time. The experience in Boston Gradens went far past my previous expereince with vinyl. The sound quality of this is great for something from 1973 and it is true to what I can recall of the wet day in Boston. They were quite in tune with each other that day and sang quite well as well as jammed quite a bit between songs. I recall jerry coming out and playing with the NRPS in a VERY LONG warm up. Where are those recordings? By the time the Dead came on, I was already wasted!
Reviewer: Mr. Matt - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - January 16, 2006
Subject: It sounds as good as it was
I can only say to those who like this show, it still sounds as good as I remember it. The only thing missing is the 2 hour New Riders Set which preceded this. I can tell you it was some night and the subways were closed down when we left the old Boston Garden.
Reviewer: whirlwind dreamer 65-95 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - November 9, 2005
Subject: eyes rocks the world
classic 73 dead worth every minute,the whole show smokes!the heads in 73 sure got their money's worth in boston on this night!! gone are the daze!
Reviewer: DeadDave50 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - November 3, 2005
Subject: Another Beautiful Fall Day
Driving and listening to the Dead on such a colorfull fall day.It just cannot get any better than this.Around 32 falls since this show and it still sounds like it was just recorded today.Only better without the "sound of today" studio help.Roll one up for "old times" and go for a drive and enjoy this show.The archive has helped me to not miss Jerry and the Band so much,and made my "drives" so enjoyable.Thanxs............PS.. Close you eyes and sink to "Playin" for 17 minutes. WOW!!
Reviewer: VA slim - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - September 9, 2005
Subject: very true.
i have to agree, i didn't want to throw five stars haphazardly, but after listening to this show, it is MINT. any sound probs are quickly worked out__and this becomes a A+ crispy perfectly mixed SBD( -thanx again CMiller).
And don't be scared by the previous comments regarding donna. Personally i think the GSET was absolutely smoking( and her singing is in key) --i've heard way worse donna, if you're sensitive in that regard.
great, great show, the boys are on, most definitely.
Reviewer: vadead - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - August 9, 2005
Subject: Unbelievable!
I can't imagine how someone can give this a four star rating!! This is a candidate for Dick's picks. Either that or you rated it before you heard it. Eyes says it all!!!!
Reviewer: Lemmy - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - June 4, 2005
Subject: Nice pickin'
Jerry and the boys take off this night.
The Here Comes Sunshine into space/jam and then Eyes is a deleight...
Reviewer: Ben C - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - May 18, 2005
Subject: solid show
nothing too specific to add, just that this is a very solid show all around, worth the download.

Love Jerry's jam on Greatest, Wave that Flag is lots of fun, as is China>Rider.


one second I am listening to Here Comes Sunshine, then start surfin and all of a sudden I am hearing some really intense dissonant jamming. I say to myself "what the fuck was that song?!?" Go and check deadlists and sho' nuf', that crazy jam was out of HC Sunshine! Never heard anything like this come out of of this song before...
Reviewer: skwimite - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - April 26, 2005
Subject: Nice show but...
I'll dispense with the negativity first. While the boys have never been known for their singing abilities, Donna is the real "turd-in-the-punchbowl" here. I cringe at her every utterance, but spare yourself the heartache and don't even listen to GSET. It's enough to make you weep, or wretch.
Aside from the aforementioned, this is a very nice show, from sound quality, song selection, and execution, the highlight being the H.C. Sunshine thru China Doll. Good Big River and C.C.>Rider too. I prefer this mix to the Bertha re-master as well. Cherry-pick it if you will, and leave out You Ain't Woman Enough, if you know what's good for you. Solid 4 stars.
Reviewer: Darkstr56 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - April 7, 2005
Subject: 4/2/73
The Jam out of "Here Comes Sunshine" is in my top 5 favortite jams of '73, and it was a very hot year to say the least. Just Please take my word for it, and download this, if not just for part 2 of set 2. The "Weather Report Suite">"Eyes of the World" is a nice treat also. The last five or six minutes of "Eyes" is intense!!!
There is a big long "Playin" which is typical of the era. I also really enjoy the "Miss Halfstep", and the "Ramble on Rose"!!
I seem to enjoy this source (original mr 7.5), rather than the DAW (bertha) source, just seems a bit cleaner. Again, I cant preach long enough about the "HCSunshine". Just get it.

show: 4
quality: 3.5

Reviewer: Sammo - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - April 13, 2004
Subject: My first Eyes
Not a bad show at all. Garcia was excellent as always. Nice to see the 'Wall of Sound' in a normally bad acoustical Boston Garden.
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